About Praying with the Enemy

Based on the true story of an American POW during the Korean War and a North Korean soldier who become unlikely allies united in their shared faith in God during a daring escape to freedom.

When pilot Captain Ward Millar is forced to eject over enemy territory in North Korea, the ejection explosion snaps both of his ankles. Unable to walk, he is easily captured by North Korean and Chinese soldiers who interrogate, threaten, and starve him for strategic wartime information. He feeds the enemy false information while plotting his escape. But it’s only a matter of time before they discover his lies. He knows it will take a miracle to gain his freedom, but his previous self-reliance on his own capabilities has never included appealing to a higher power. If only he had faith like his wife, Barbara, whose firm belief in God can move mountains.

North Korean soldier Kim Jae Pil was raised to believe in the power of prayer, but, knowing the Communist Party’s views on religious groups, Kim and his family must keep their Christian faith secret. He is desperate to escape the army, return to his family, and then flee to South Korea.

With Millar imprisoned and unable to walk, and the North Korean army increasingly suspicious of Kim’s actions, it seems impossible that either man will find the freedom they so desperately desire. But when these wartime foes cross paths, they find in each other an unlikely ally. Despite speaking different languages, Millar and Kim find common ground in their fragile faith and must rely on each other to undertake a daring escape.

Praying with the Enemy is a story of courage, determination, unlikely friendship, and enduring faith.

My review

I love books like this! Steven T Collis is great at writing a great story. This one is based on a true story. And it’s such a great book!

Ward Millar is a jet flying captain in the Korean War. He gets shot down and captured. His story is amazing. I loved the way he was able to use prayer, when he didn’t even necessarily believe in it. Prayer can bring many miracles. And his story is nothing short of miraculous.

I loved the way the author had a point of view from Kim Jae Pil as well. He’s just a normal North Korean soldier. But he doesn’t want to be there. He was courageous and he escaped the army. When he got pulled back in the paths of these two God-fearing men collide. I loved his courage and trust in God, even when he had no reason to believe things would be okay.

This book kept me interested and intrigued. I loved the way the author wrote it. Such a great book and a great story!

I was sent a copy of Praying with the Enemy by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Purchase links

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